Since the discovery of polyethylene in 1933, plastic has become a ubiquitous material used to make items that make life both easier and safer. Plastic is known for its durability and longevity. Unfortunately, these same characteristics make this synthetic material a primary source of non-biodegradable waste that leaves harmful imprints on the environment.
Because of its harmful effects to human, animals and the environment, plastic reduction efforts and other green solutions are being promoted in attempts to reduce plastic pollution. Many individuals are taking part in these efforts by recycling plastic materials or minimizing the use of such items in their lifestyle. Businesses are also taking the initiative as increasing numbers of customers are seeking for “green’ companies that employ environment-friendly operations. Read more →
The packaging tape is as important as other shipping supplies such as cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and fillers. The tape should seal a package securely and prevent it it from bursting open in case of falls and impact during shipping.
Packaging tape comes in a variety of types which vary in such factors as tensile strength, backing materials, width and thickness. It is important to use the correct type of tape depending on the package’s size, weight, and material of the shipping container. The wrong choice of tape can lead to additional costs, damage to the item or wasted time.
Most tape are pressure sensitive and require consistent pressure to be applied to activate the adhesive and ensure optimum performance. If the tape does not bond correctly with the surface of the box, it is likely to peel off or keep the package sealed. Read more →
The United States Postal Service (USPS) may not always be the fastest way to get a shipment to its destination but it is one of the most affordable and easy to use options. With its various services, the USPS can provide small online businesses which sends out items on a regular basis with the most cost-efficient method of sending a package to its destination without breaking the bank. With free pickup services, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or office to send out your shipments.
You can cut on shipping expenses by doing the packing yourself. Stock on shipping supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, fillers and other packing materials. By signing up for an account on the USPS website, you can take advantage of free shipping supplies from the post office delivered at your doorstep. Also invest on a weighing scale, computer and printer so you can print your own labels and eliminate the need to go to the post office. Read more →
Shipping costs can be a tremendous burden on a small business. If you are embarking on a new venture that entails frequent shipments, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the cost of shipping and how to keep it at a minimum to ensure you’re not paying more than necessary. The following tips can help frequent shippers save money on shipping.
Set up an online account with the shipping company or companies you use most often. A lot of shipping companies give discounts by simply setting up an account with them while others give access to free packing supplies. Buying these supplies can get very expensive so take advantage of the freebies! Read more →
Packing for shipping can be a daunting task for first-time shippers. The simple mistake of using an inappropriately-sized box or not using enough fillers can lead to a much larger problem.
For someone who is just starting a small home business which entails shipping items to clients, these small mistakes can add unnecessary costs or result in negative feedback from an unsatisfied customer. To guide first time shippers, here are some valuable shipping tips to ensure that shipments arrive with no problems or complications. Read more →
Using insulated boxes is an economical method of shipping perishable goods that require consistent temperature such as medical supplies and food stuff. The insulation properties of these simple boxes keep the temperature inside consistent throughout shipping, thereby ensuring that the contents arrive at their destination in good condition.
Insulated containers, usually made from polystyrene foam or Styrofoam, are light-weight and come in a variety of sizes. They can be re-used for several shipments as long as they are used properly. They are widely available from packing supplies stores and even in supermarkets. Some even come with an accompanying cardboard box for double boxing. Here some packing tips on how to use insulated containers when shipping perishable items. Read more →
Shipping warmers or heat packs are useful when shipping items that are temperature sensitive and must be protected from cold weather. They are usually placed inside the package when shipping tropical fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects and other live small animals that are sensitive to cold weather to keep the container and the live animal inside at a safe temperature as they journey to their new destination.
Heat packs come in varying sizes and warming periods such as 20+, 30+, 40+, 60+ and 72+ hours. Depending on the shipping period and size of the animal or package, use a sufficient amount of heating packs to ensure that the temperature inside the package is kept constant until it gets delivered. Here are tips on how to use heat packs when shipping live animals. Read more →
There’s is nothing worse than receiving news that the fragile item you shipped arrived in a heap of broken mess. If you ship fragile items as a business, it is your responsibility to make sure that every package you sent reach your customers in excellent condition.
Attaching “Handle with Care” and “Fragile” labels on the packages is not enough to ensure that they will be handled with utmost care or that they will not experience bumps and falls while going through shipping machinery. As seller, you should take time in properly packing your fragile items. If packaged appropriately, fragile items can survive the rough shipping environment and arrive in their best forms. Read more →